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Published August 17, 2023

Drivers Identified in Kenmare Crash

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ND Highway Patrol

Ward County Injury Crash – UPDATE
What: Two Vehicle Injury Crash
Where: Highway 52 Mile Marker 40, 2 miles north of Kenmare
When: 8/16/2023 approximately 11:03 AM CDT
Road Conditions: Dry
Weather Conditions: Clear
Crash Involvement: Two Vehicle
Type of Crash: Rear End Collision
Agencies Involved: NDHP, Kenmare Police Department, Ward County Sheriff’s Office,
Kenmare Fire Department, Kenmare Ambulance, Bowbells Fire Department, Bowbells
Vehicle No. 1: 2000 Kenworth Construct W900 (semi towing belly dump trailer)
Driver No. 1: Victor Moreno, 42 years old, Fargo, ND, Serious Life Threatening Injury
Restraints: Lap and Shoulder Belt
Charges: Under Investigation
Vehicle No. 2: 1996 Freightliner Conventional (semi towing grain trailer)
Driver No. 2: Ronald Dignan, 67 years old, Bowbells, ND, Uninjured
Restraints: Lap and Shoulder Belt
Charges: Under Investigation

NARRATIVE: A 2000 Kenworth semi was northbound on Highway 52 near mile marker 40
when it approached a construction zone. A flagger for the construction zone had northbound
traffic stopped at the time. The Kenworth failed to stop for traffic and struck the rear end of a
1996 Freightliner semi that was waiting for the flagger to allow traffic to proceed. The driver
of the Kenworth, Victor Moreno, sustained serious life threatening injuries and was
transported via ambulance to Trinity Health Kenmare Hospital before being later transported
to Trinity Health Minot. The driver of the Freightliner, Ronald Dignan, was uninjured.

The crash remains under investigation by the North Dakota Highway Patrol.

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